Climbing Kebnekaise in Lapland

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  1. Alex_B

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    .. so here continues the Alex in Lapland saga (first part to be found here: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138573) ...

    One of my goals this year was to climb the top of Swedens highest mountain, Kebnekaise. In terms of mountaineering the climb is easy, but so far weather always prevented me from climbing. This year I reached the summit via the västra leden, which is an altogether 6000 ft climb with two summits and often long distance walking on bad and steep rubble and steep snow fields. The whole climb takes about 10 to 12 hours, so you have to start early. I experienced one huge rock avalanche in a distance which reminded me how alive and unreliable these mountains are. The snow fields can be fun when you go down though, I did slide down one at high speed with snow and ice spraying to all sides :D
    I was first afraid my camera might get hurt in this, but it was worth the fun ;)

    Unfortunately it was foggy up on the mountain, so I cannot present any good images.

    1: My 'base camp' with my beloved Hilleberg Akto (I also have a larger Nallo, but I wanted to save backpack weight). The image pretty much sums up the weather of the first week, rain in daytime, heavy storm and bad frost at night.
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    2: The following day the weather was clearing up enough, so in the morning I started climbing.
    The first ascend to Kitteldalen:
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    3: Kitteldalen with Vierramvare to the left
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    4: Climbing to the summit of Vierramvare
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    5: .. and further up beyond Vierramvare to Kebnekaise
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    6: Sydtoppen, the southern summit of Kebnekaise. Always covered in snow and ice.
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    7: Finally, on the top. The strange geek is the photographer ;) To the right one can see part of the Björlings glacier.
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    8: Summit party ;)
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    9: Looking from the southern summit to the northern summit, which is about half a kilometre away.
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    10: Visibility was not great, but still I will give one image... bad weather ahead though.
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    11: And down again after a long day.
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    LOVE the series! The first few shots really made me want to go hiking. But then when the shots with the snow scrolled up, ummm, the urge to climb passed. (I've never hiked in snow...it looks tough. And it doesn't look like any of you had climbing poles. Yikes!).

    What a hoot that party hats were brought along for the summit party.

    Beautiful pics, Alex. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks :)

    Oh, but climbing poles are standard .. just you might not use them all the way, and they are not in the close up images, true. But for the final summit you needed either poles or ice axe/crampons because it was very steep and very slippery ice/snow.

    As for not seeing the poles, I also took off some warm wrapping for the image (gloves, hat, ... ), but after it I quickly put it back on since it was freezing cold up there ;)
     
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    WOW. looks fantastic!.. great shots, sound like fun. #10 is beautiful.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    thanks :)

    Yes, I too like #10. However, the view from up there must be fantastic without clouds and in good visibility. I want to go back and take a 360deg panorama then! With all the hundreds of peaks around.
     
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    your pics makes me wanna quit my job......and travel the world and take stunning pictures..like urs.....
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, I know that problem all too well, the job is often in the way of travelling and taking pictures.
     
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    omg, gorgeous! The scenery AND the people!
    #11... didn't you just feel like a tiny speck up there looking out into the huge world below...
     
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    Stunning shots Alex! I love the light in the second photo. Thanks for sharing with us.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks :)

    regarding #11 ... in nature I usually feel free and strong and able to breathe ... and large, not tiny ;)
     
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    Glaciers in Sweden? I guess you learn something new every day.

    Nice set!
     
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    Why not glaciers in Sweden? The most water in Swedish Lapland comes from Glaciers, in fact over 300 square km of the North are covered with glaciers.

    More details here:
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/p1386e/sweden.pdf
     

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